I use the gourds to model my pictures for my crochet hats, etc. They also make great cookie jars, or jars for parts in the craft room.
Here's my daughters Gourd renditions: The snowman is painted and decked out with a hat, scarf, button, etc. The other two gourds are bird houses, the blue one has beautiful flowers painted on with puffy paint and the other red one is decoupaged and painted red. Great ideas, hope you enjoy them.If you want to try your own skills at gourd crafting;
These are good places to start to learn how to grow, clean and come up with some very special ways to use your gourds:
Crafting: http://www.favecrafts.com/Craft-Videos/How-to-Make-a-Gourd-Bowl/ct/1 for a bowl.
Crafting and basic Great ideas: http://www.allfreecrafts.com/nature/gourd-crafts.shtml